Cool Earth sets up community-led partnerships, which aim to help villages in the frontline of rainforest destruction build sustainable livelihoods, so that local people benefit more from keeping the forest standing than from clearing it. In Papua New Guinea, Cool Earth is working with three villages - Gadaisu, Godidi and Kaifouna - in Milne Bay province. These villages - with a total population of 316 people, just 67 families - create a shield that will protect millions of acres of pristine rainforest.
Cool Earth aims to achieve zero deforestation in the Milne Bay partnership area and to double community incomes seven years. The project has started well and is making progress, as Wendy Sema who lives in Gadaisu said: